Funeral Advice

Funerals in Birmingham

We understand the need to feel close to home especially when a family member passes away, and you may not have gone through arranging a funeral in England before. We have spoken to a number of funeral homes who we recommend and can assist you.

Funerals in England are slightly different to Ireland, there is more legal paperwork involved that has to be completed before a funeral can take place. Due to this legal paperwork, your loved ones funeral will usually be at least one week from their date of death, although each person is different.

For funerals in England, we have prepared a ‘What To Do First’ guide;

Where Did Your Loved One Pass Away?

In a Care or Nursing Home;

  • A qualified on-site Nurse will verify your loved one’s death.
  • Once their death has been verified, call Lilies Funeral Directors and they will transfer your loved one into their care.
  • The Care or Nursing Home and Lilies Funeral Directors will liaise with your loved ones Doctor to give them the information they need to complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

What To Do Next:

  • Call your loved one’s Doctor to arrange a time to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, you will need this to register your loved one’s death.

At Home;

  • Call either the local ambulance service or your loved ones Doctor to verify their death.
  • If you call the ambulance service, they will give you the death verification details. Keep these safe as you will need to give them to your loved ones Doctor.
  • Once their death has been verified, call Lilies Funeral Directors and they will transfer your loved one into their care.

What To Do Next:

  • Call your loved one’s Doctor to arrange a time to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, you will need this to register your loved one’s death.

In a Hospital or Hospice;

  • A qualified Nurse will verify your loved ones death.
  • The hospital or hospice will then arrange for the last Doctor that cared for your loved one to issue their ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’.

What To Do Next:

  • Call the Hospital’s Bereavement Office or Hospice to arrange a time to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, you will need this to register your loved one’s death.

Registering Your Loved One’s Death

In all cases you will need to register the death before the funeral can take place, this is usually done by a relative of the deceased or the person responsible for arranging the funeral. If you have not done this before or need our support, please call for guidance.

Once you have registered the death you will be given a green certificate for burial or cremation, your funeral director will need this certificate before the funeral can take place.

Register Office Details

Birmingham Register Office,

Holliday Wharf,

Holliday Street,

Birmingham,

B1 1TJ

0121 675 1004

register.office@birmingham.gov.uk

Funerals Back Home - Repatriation

We understand the need for a loved one to be home when they pass away, but before your loved one can return home there are a few things you and your funeral director will have to complete.

Not many people have gone through this situation before, if you haven’t and you need guidance please call our office on 0121 604 6111.

To Repatriate a loved one back to Ireland, you will need to register your loved one’s death at Birmingham Registry office. To do this you will need to have the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from your loved one’s doctor or the hospital/hospice where they passed away.

Registering Your Loved One’s Death

In all cases you will need to register the death before the repatriation can take place, this is usually done by a relative of the deceased. If you have not done this before or need our support, please call for guidance.

Once you have registered the death you will be given a green certificate for burial or cremation, your funeral director will need this certificate before the repatriation can take place.

Register Office Details

Birmingham Register Office,

Holliday Wharf,

Holliday Street,

Birmingham,

B1 1TJ

0121 675 1004

register.office@birmingham.gov.uk

Repatriation Checklist

So your loved one can return home here is a checklist of the legal procedures/documents you or your funeral director will need to complete;

  • Death Certificate (Available from the Registry Office)
  • Free From Infection Certificate (Available from the deceased Doctor or Hospital)
  • Request an Out Of England Certificate (Available from Birmingham Coroner’s Office)
  • International Embalming with Certification (Responsibility Of The Funeral Director)
  • Coffin or Casket Suitable for Repatriation (Responsibility Of The Funeral Director)
  • Coffin Wrapped and Protected (Responsibility Of The Funeral Director)
  • Transportation To The Airport (Responsibility Of The Funeral Director)

Your funeral director will liaise with your other funeral director in Ireland to make sure they will be ready to receive your loved one in Ireland, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Funeral Partnership

Birmingham Irish Association have partnered with Lilies Funeral Directors in Birmingham to provide information and guidance to help our Irish community when a loved one passes away. Lilies is an independent funeral home owned by Nathan Scully and Lee Solomon, Nathan is half Irish and understands our Irish traditions. With both Nathan and Lee’s knowledge and experience we recommend their funeral home to our community.

Lilies Funeral Directors

10 Chester Road

New Oscott

Birmingham

B73 5DA

LiliesFunerals.com

0121 321 3446

Funeral Costs

Lilies Funeral Directors offer Funeral Packages and Repatriations starting from £1,495.00, for more information on their prices please visit;

Repatriation Costs: www.liliesfunerals.com/international-repatriation

Funeral Costs: www.liliesfunerals.com/funeral-packages/